Carrie Gustafson's joyful aesthetic is a quest for lightness and luminosity radiating through her colorful, bold modernist glass. Her intricate patterns are inspired by the natural world.
Technique: on the surface, Gustafson applies an intricate web of stencils on the top layer of 'flash glass.' Next, sandblasting through to a second, translucent under-layer reveals a matrix of light. Experiments in glassblowing while a printmaking major at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) ignited her signature style of intricate patterns on vibrantly colored, hand-blown glass.
After RISD, Gustafson's BFA in printmaking was followed by studying glass at the Pilchuck Glass School (WA); Penland School of Crafts (NC); The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass (NY) and at Rosin Studio, on Murano, Venice's historic 'glass island' in Italy.
On a stable foundation of Studio Glass – vessels and lighting- her career has gained credibility from national exhibitions, specifically: in 2006, The Bellevue Arts Museum (WA) Studio Glass – Decorative and Functional Objects. Followed in 2007 with an exhibition at The Fuller Craft Museum (MA)– RISD Routes. As well as five Smithsonian Craft Show(s) from 2003 – 2009 – (D.C), where in 2009, she was the recipient of the annual award for "Excellence in Glass" and the catalogue cover featured her vessel.
Since 2008, following a feature in "Best of Boston Home", D Scale Modern – a South end design showroom awarded 2008 "Best of the New"– has promoted her work. Including a feature on NECN's Dream Home. For this new economy (and D Scale) she without compromising aesthetic, or craft, introduced a line of giftable items in clear glass, as glass master Rene Lalique did in 1929.
Commissioned works by Gustafson can be found in restaurants and private homes.
Collections: Corning Museum of Glass. Private acquisitions include artists Chris Rifkin and Magdalena Campos.
Galleries include: Lori Warner Gallery (CT). Kuivatio Gallery (AZ), North Water Gallery (MA).